Friday, September 12, 2014

Not So $10 Ledges

About 2 years ago when we were redoing our kitchen, I made these ledge shelves inspired by Ana White's $10 Ledges.  I originally wanted to use them as storage for spices and our olive oil, but once our vent hood was installed, there just wasn't room for them, at least not as I had originally intended.  Since mine are made of yellow pine (harder wood) and I used a 1 x 6 for my platform instead of a 1 x 4, my ledges cost more than $10.

Needless to say, they have been hanging around and taking up space for about 2 years.  I thought about cutting them to make them smaller.  (They are 4 feet long.)  But since I had painted them with Annie Sloan's chalk paint, that made it tricky.

Do I repaint?

Stick it in a corner so you don't see the cut?

What to do?

Well, I finally decided that I would use these ledges over my sofa seating area to display our family photos.  I used the stud finder and attached them with 2 inch screws to the studs. 

This replaces a rather sad photo wall where all my photos hung askance.  You can still see 2 that will require a ladder to remove.

Not bad looking!  It is also easier to update our family photos as we grow and change.

It only took 2 years... :)


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